Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Becoming addicted to alcohol is very easy to do and some people don’t even realize how much they have come to rely on it. The Discovery Institute has compiled a list of eight signs that someone should get help for their alcohol addiction:

1. When someone becomes addicted to alcohol they generally stop living their life as they did before they became addicted. They start neglecting their responsibilities at home and at work and can no longer be relied on. In addition to neglecting their responsibilities, alcoholics often neglect their family and friends as well. This is one of the biggest signs that a person needs help with their addiction.

2. Drinking excessively can cause people to get into legal problems. Getting arrested for DUI or getting into a drunken fight at a bar or anywhere else in public is also a serious indicator that a person needs help.

3. Combining drinking with other high risk activities is yet another sign that someone needs help with their addiction. If a person engages in activities such as skydiving or water skiing while they are intoxicated they can be putting their safety and even their life in danger. Even driving a car or operating a forklift are very risky things to do when one has been drinking.

4. Relationship problems are often caused by an addiction to alcohol. Many addicts find themselves getting divorced or being dumped by their girlfriend or boyfriend. Alcohol abuse can put a strain on any relationship, but especially a romantic relationship. Alcoholics with children often destroy the relationship because their drinking becomes a higher priority to them than being a good parent.

5. One sign of a possible addiction to alcohol that many people overlook is drinking to relieve stress. There is a fine line between having a drink or two to help a person relax and having so many that they become drunk and disorderly.

6. Those who show symptoms of withdrawal when they go a certain amount of time without ingesting alcohol are in desperate need of professional  help. Some of the physical symptoms include nausea, vomiting and dizziness.

7. Alcoholics build up a tolerance that allows them to have a large number of drinks without feeling the effects of those drinks. When a person’s body is so used to alcohol that they can drink abnormal amounts and still seem sober they need to seek help.

8. Blackmailing people is something alcoholics often turn to in order to prevent others from confronting them about their alcohol addiction.

These are some of the signs an alcoholic should seek help. They are all red flags of someone who abuses alcohol. The Discovery Institute is here to help you and/or your loved ones overcome their alcohol addiction.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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